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Who decided which pieces of the old testament would stay and which would go?

did they all just sit down and go through every book with a before and after chart? ok, lets toss out eating shellfish as a sin but leave that homosexuality one in there!


Asked by Anonymous at 12:57 PM on Mar. 27, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • Yes to what NP said.  The evidence suggests that the Torah (the "original" OT) was written over a period of a century or so (between 700-600 BCE) by four different authors.  They seem to have taken popular stories and traditions from different areas before unification (the stories about Moses were popular in some areas, while stories about Abraham or David were popular in others), and combined them in the effort to unify the various city-states.  The idea seemed to be that if a common lineage could be devised - a common identity - it would help toward unification.  That political move seems to have worked well for them.



    Answer by jsbenkert at 3:49 PM on Mar. 27, 2013

  • Interpretation differs from denomination to denomination, church to church. Me personally? I read it in its whole context. I apply the original language, archaeological evidence, etc, etc, to determine what they authors intended to say, what influenced them to say it, etc.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 1:14 PM on Mar. 27, 2013

  • You've never heard of the counsel of Nicaea? Alrighty then


    Answer by KristiS11384 at 2:00 PM on Mar. 27, 2013

  • The selection of the original books of the bible was just as arbitrary as the conclusions of the assorted councils that came after to resort them. The only real goal was centralization of power, customized to the reigning system of the time (theocracy vs monarchy, etc).

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:38 PM on Mar. 27, 2013

  • From what I heard they changed some of it to catch up with modern society but not they like to cherry pick what to follow and what not to follow. It's either you follow it or you don't!

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 1:01 PM on Mar. 27, 2013

  • Yes, it was the counsel of Nicaea (headed by the early Catholic church).

    Answer by 3libras at 3:48 PM on Mar. 27, 2013